Corporate Challenges

Put your creativity and knowledge to the test.

DECA’s Challenges provide members opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom through innovative challenges in partnership with several corporate partners. Each challenge has a unique focus and specific set of required tasks and timelines. The top performers will receive recognition on-stage at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), with approval from the chartered association advisor.

Social Innovation Challenge

Intuit and DECA are proud to team up and share an exciting opportunity to compete with other high school groups across the U.S. and Canada to make entrepreneurship and business ownership accessible for all. We want students to join us and “Lead with a Cause” through the “Lead with a Cause: Intuit Social Innovation Challenge. The challenge engages teams of one to eight students to design an innovative solution to increase access to entrepreneurship for underrepresented groups.

Submissions due by:
October 12, 2022

Ethical Leadership Challenge

In teams of up to four DECA members, develop a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video about the importance of accountability. The PSA should be designed to educate your local community and those afar through social media.

Submissions due by:
November 22, 2022

Digital Presentation Skills Challenge

Demonstrate your digital presentation skills utilizing a Virtual Business simulation in a one- to two-minute digital presentation. The topic is up to you! You can talk solely about the strategies you use in the simulation. You could discuss real-world business stories and illustrate the stories with sim exercises. Or, you could talk about your own life, your knowledge of business and financial literacy and utilize a Virtual Business simulation to relate to and illustrate your topic. The top finalists will deliver a live, digital presentation.

Submissions due by:
January 31, 2023

Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge

Demonstrate your entrepreneurial spirit by proposing a new product idea for a specific market segment. Pitch your new clothing, beauty, home, health, food or entertainment concept in a four-minute video presentation that describes your target market, product offering and benefits, market potential and marketing and distribution strategy.

Submissions due by:
February 6, 2023

Lead4Change Challenge

The Lead4Change DECA Challenge is a component of the Lead4Change Student Leader Program. Demonstrate your leadership skills by being involved with your community and submitting a community service project once you finish the six-lesson or 12-lesson track that aligns with 21st Century Skills. Work in teams (three or more students with an adult sponsor) and do a project as you go through the lessons. If 10 entries are submitted from DECA chapters by the February 10, 2023 deadline, DECA chapters will be eligible for a special award track from Lead4Change. If it meets the guidelines of each, this means that your project could earn recognition in the campaign or competitive event, Lead4Change Challenge and DECA/Lead4Change Challenge — three opportunities for the project all while doing good in your community.

Submissions due by:
February 10, 2023

Social Impact Leader of Tomorrow Challenge

Demonstrate your creativity by producing the next big cause marketing idea for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). DECA chapters can participate with up to four-member teams to develop a creative and unique fundraising campaign with NPCF branding. The fundraiser campaign must have an uplifting and hopeful theme with a social media component and video.

Submissions due by:
February 14, 2023

Disability Is Diversity Challenge

Create a focused Disability Is Diversity presentation that highlights the obstacles and experiences of navigating an educational environment with differing abilities. Learn first-hand about the barriers encountered by a student with a disability and determine how you can advocate for needed change.

Submissions due by:
February 17, 2023

Unreal Campaign Challenge

The Unreal Campaign Challenge provides the opportunity for students to speak directly to their peers about the dangers of counterfeit products. Participants are invited to produce a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) video to demonstrate their knowledge on the dangers of counterfeits and to dissuade their peers from purchasing fake products.

Submissions due by:
February 17, 2023

Social Media Marketing Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be a successful social media marketing professional? The Stukent Social Media Marketing Challenge is your chance to compete using the social media marketing simulation, Mimic Social. You will be tasked with managing a fictitious company’s $5,000 weekly social media ad budget, including marketing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest. You will schedule and promote content to post on each platform, target specific audiences, and analyze your success through multiple rounds of the simulation.

Submissions due by:
March 6, 2023


Contact DECA staff
for more information.

Christy Rutherford
Education Manager